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The Berkshires - West Cummington - Woods, Water and Wildlife

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The house in the woods


Last updated: 06/24/2016

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

On 44 acres of woodland, with a third of a mile of river frontage on the East Branch of the designated Wild and Scenic Westfield River, this log house offers a real opportunity to relax. A cathedral window overlooks the river and a deck to watch the humming birds completes the setting. The master bedroom upstairs has an en-suite bathroom and there is a minstrel gallery above the open plan living and dining area. Craftsmen used local hard woods for the hand built kitchen and breakfast bar and the floors.

We built the property on a whim, but now discover that Cummington has everything. Northampton, Stockbridge, the Hancock Shaker Village, Tanglewood, the Clarke museum in Williamstown, the Mass MOCA and the Shopping Mall at Lee are readily accessible.

The area has black bear, beavers and, occasionally, a moose on Main Street. There is a trailcam available for the use of guests who wish to explore the night life (which includes racoon, deer, fox, and other surprise visitors). The adjacent land is a Massachussets Wildlife Management Area and the State also stocks the river.

We do not have TV but the local Bryant Library stocks a selection of DVDs and good books. NPR and WiFi are available,

The adjacent garage has an efficiency apartment overhead, occupied by an unobtrusive couple who overseee bed linen, cleaning and other guest needs. A welcome pack to your specification will be provided. They will also cater if required.

Google Earth shows at Lat:42.493142 Lon: -72.973293, but I cannot promise that the island to the left will not have been further excavated by the beavers - on the other hand they may have created an excellent swimming hole!

I am afraid that, however short your intended visit, the need to complete administrative formalities usually requires at least two weeks notice if you wish to rent the house.
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Member since: 2002

Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 06/24/2016

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    Upstairs, en-suite,double wash basins...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Hot Air Heating, Pseudo (gas) log fire


  • Books:

    There is a small library of light reading and classics...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    DVD & VCD -There is an excellent DVD choice in the local library...moreless


  • Away From It All


  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    44 Acres of woodland/forests and Adjacent to a wildlife management area...moreless

  • Water View:

    Property borders and the house overlooks the Westfield River ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    There is a breakfast bar - seats 4...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Fans and blown air...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    one space...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    A gas pseudo log-stove is provided as automatic back-up to the main heating system and for the ambience it provides...moreless

  • Heating:

    Blown air...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking:

    There is a one car garage and two/three car parking adjacent to the house in the dirveway...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless internet is provided...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lawn and flower beds maintained ...moreless



Write a review 5
from 4 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 13 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Mid Season
May 1 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
High Season
Jul 1 - Sep 13, 2017
3 night min stay
Sep 14 - Nov 1, 2017
3 night min stay
$200 $25
Fri, Sat
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $50
  • Pet Fee $30


Rates are negotiable and discounts apply to repeat renters. Dogs may be considered- subject to a variation in the rates. I am happy to call any interested parties (from the UK at our expense) to answer questions

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Old Rte 9

Car: Necessary

The Westfield River is a protected Wild and Scenic area and the opportunities for bird and wild life watching reflect this. Road traffic is light so access to the Clarke Museum, Williamstown Museum and MassMoCA is easy


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1990

Why the Owner Chose Cummington, MA, USA:
This house was built by us as a site for relaxation - woodland walks and wild life viewing and only rented out when we realised that, living in England, we do not get to the States as often as we might.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
While it is reasonably close to Tanglewood, our main joy is the sightings of the local fauna - laid back beaver, passing otter, and agitated mother black bear with cubs - and the great village atmosphere of West Cummington. The tranquility of the riverside location is enhanced through the cathedral windows.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 06/24/2016

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The house in the woods

    The house in the woods

  • Inside the Main Room

    Inside the Main Room

  • From the Deck

    From the Deck

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Guest Bedroom 2

    Guest Bedroom 2

  • Low Water

    Low Water

  • At the  Dining Table

    At the Dining Table

  • Kitchen Area

    Kitchen Area

  • From the River

    From the River

  • Master Bedroom En-Suite

    Master Bedroom En-Suite

  • Guest Bedroom 1

    Guest Bedroom 1

VRBO #15696

This listing was first published here in 2002.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 22, 2017

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